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IPOB Proscription Unconstitutional – Bukola Sasraaki

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IPOB Proscription Unconstitutional – Bukola Sasraaki

Senate president, ukola Saraki during Plenary.

Senate president, Bukola Saraki during Plenary.

Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the categorization of the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization by the Nigerian military and the subsequent proscription of it’s activities by the Southeast governors as “unconstitutional and does not follow due process.”

In a statement released on Monday, Sen. Bukola Saraki also assured that the National Assembly intends to embark on a fact-finding investigation aimed at determining what actually happened during the period of the military exercise in the South-east, he also assured Nigerians that there will be no cover up as the facts will be made bare.

Bukola Saraki said that until due process are followed the categorization of the Indigenous people of Biafra as a Terrorist group, cannot take effect.

He said, “I also wish to state that the announcement of the proscription of the group known as Indigenous People of Biafra by Governors of the South-East states and the categorization of the group as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and do not follow due process.

“Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect. I am sure the President will do the needful by initiating the right process.

“This will go a long way in demonstrating to the world at large that we are a country that operate by laid down process under every circumstance. So, those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool.

He further said  ” I want to also make it clear that the National Assembly intends to embark on a fact-finding investigation aimed at determining what actually happened during the period of the military exercise in the South-east. We want to be able to sift the facts from the fiction and determine who did what. It is quite clear that all the facts are not yet known. We assure Nigerians that there will be no cover up. We intend to lay the facts bare.”

it will be recalled that the Nigerian military last week said it had categorized IPOB as “terrorist organisation” after analysing the group’s activities in recent weeks which it said were “clandestinely and actively” aimed at “terrorising the general public.”

Nigerian military spokesperson Major General John Enenche said such activities included “the formation of a Biafra Secret Service, claimed formation of Biafra National Guard, unauthorized blocking of public access roads and extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal roadblocks, militant possession and use of weapons (stones, Molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles, among others) on a military patrol on September 10, 2017.”

 

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